Every year at the start of June I write out a summer bucket list. So far, it's shaping up to be a happy season-to-be with s'mores, pool parties, a guac off, beach bocce and more on the list. And you can bet your booty I'll be adding this Sonoma-inspired picnic crafted and captured by Garrett Richardson and his love, Meg, to the warm weather agenda. Keep reading for their tips on how to recreate your own!
From Garrett Richardson... As a photographer, I get the chance to photograph beautiful inspiration shoots often but rarely is it something that gets to be enjoyed. My wife, Meg and I have become big fans of Napa & Sonoma County wine country. The endless vineyards, rolling hills covered in green trees and warm California light makes for an ideal location to drink and dine. Meg gathered some of our favorite items locally and I photographed it all to inspire your next spring picnic in wine country!
Location, Location, Location
When throwing a picnic, it's all about finding the perfect spot to settle in. There are dozens of wineries that provide picnic tables on their property but they can be a bit crowded, especially on the weekends. Napa & Sonoma seems to have an endless amount of fields and tree covered areas. For our picnic, we found a table nestled between a vineyard and river, surrounded by oak trees covered in Spanish moss.
Meg used to work for an event design company and has a knack for this kind of thing. One of her first stops is almost always Anthropologie. Even just a few detail pieces can add the necessary accents to any table setting. It's important to decide on a color palette, or your theme if you have one, and then go from there. We loved this basic blush pink tablecloth because it added the right amount of color while also allowing other items to stand out! Other than that, we are big fans of having various height on the table. We mixed it up with tall taper candles, assorted glassware, a wonderful cake plate, and the perfectly matched book, Eat Beautiful by Wendy Rowe.
We love supporting local business when possible. These flowers are from farms in the area and were the perfect pop of color amidst the greenery. One of our favorite places to shop in Napa is the Oxbow Public Market. Everything they sell is locally sourced, has everything you need, and is all under one roof. Our cheese and meats came from the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant next to the Hog Island Oyster Co. For additional food items, we went to the Glen Ellen Village Market which has a variety of local items as well.
This is my favorite thing to talk about because it's a MUST have in Napa Valley! You learned that we support local when possible and we are big fans of boutique, family owned, small batch wineries. The morning of our picnic, we tasted at Hendry Winery, a family-owned vineyard in Napa since 1939. The owner, George Hendry makes you feel right at home. You sit at a table with a small group of guests and learn about their wines from a scientific approach. It lasts 1 - 1 1/2 hours and your $30 tasting fee is waved with an equivalent wine purchase! Tours and seminars are available as well. They are the real deal and highly respected in the Napa community. Their Pinot Noir really hit the spot for our picnic later that day!